Brazil Carnival fire: Celebrations turn deadly
Brazil Carnival fire: The last day of Carnival celebrations in Brazil were darkened when a Carnival float hit a power line and caught fire, resulting in four fatalities.
Ivan Storti / Reuters
RIO DE JANEIRO
A Carnival float caught fire early Tuesday, in the Brazilian port city of Santos. The fire led to four deaths, striking a somber tone for the final day of exuberant Carnival celebrations throughout Brazil, police said.
The float, authorities said, caught fire after it struck a power line during maneuvers following its participation in ongoing Carnival festivities.
The accident, which follows a nightclub fire that killed 239 people in southern Brazil last month, comes at a time when public events and venues are under intense scrutiny because of what critics consider the lax enforcement of safety and fire codes in the country.
Late Sunday, the most recent victim of the nightclub tragedy in the southern city of Santa Maria succumbed to injuries, raising the death toll from the January fire to 239.
Brazil kicked off its annual Carnival revelry last Friday.
It is most famously celebrated in Rio de Janeiro with festivities including flamboyant floats flanked by small armies of celebrants in flashy costumes. Many other cities also mark the holiday with processions with floats and musicians playing on slow-moving flatbed trucks.
(Editing by W Simon)